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1 In 5 Adults In England Think The Coronavirus Is A Hoax

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 12:41

Oxford research has found conspiracy theories about the virus gaining ground.

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Official COVID-19 Death Tally In Russia's Dagestan Masks 'Catastrophe,' Residents Say

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 12:34

Russia has sent crews to assist in Dagestan, where the official number of COVID-19 deaths is 29. "It long ago became clear the official statistics have no basis in reality," a resident says.

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Fauci Voices Cautious Optimism About Moderna Vaccine, Calling Trial 'Quite Promising'

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 11:33

Dr. Anthony Fauci says it's "conceivable" a coronavirus vaccine could be ready within months but cautions "when you're dealing with vaccines, there could be so many things that get in the way."

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President Trump Orders Flags To Fly At Half-Staff, As U.S. Mourns Nearly 100,000 Dead

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 09:46

Flags will be lowered from Friday through Sunday's sunset, in a show of national mourning and remembrance.

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How The Coronavirus Has Strained U.K.-China Ties

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 08:33

Political analysts say China's growing assertiveness and its recent coronavirus disinformation campaign have soured relations and encouraged the British government to reconsider its China policy.

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Herd Of Fuzzy Green 'Glacier Mice' Baffles Scientists

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 07:09

Moss balls seem to roll around glaciers in a coordinated way, and researchers can't explain why the whole group moves at about the same speed and in the same direction.

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As Pandemic Halts The Military Court At Guantánamo, Critics Call For Its Closure

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 05:07

The U.S. prison and military court in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are widely viewed as dysfunctional and expensive. Now, the pandemic has brought court proceedings to a halt.

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For In-Person College, Coronavirus Testing Will Be Key. But Is That Feasible?

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 05:07

Colleges might be able to reopen their campuses if they're able to frequently test their students. But can they get tests --- and with budgets already squeezed, will they be able to afford it?

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Food Banks Get The Love, But SNAP Does More To Fight Hunger

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 05:00

The charitable organizations called food banks are getting a lot of attention and donations right now. But they aren't nearly as important or effective as SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.

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White House Looks At 'Opportunity Zone' Extension In Wake Of COVID-19

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 05:00

The White House says it might extend "opportunity zone" tax breaks to help struggling neighborhoods after the pandemic. But critics say the program mostly helps wealthy investors.

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Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: Fashion, Education And Health Disparities

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 20:51

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we'll hear from educators on how the coronavirus has changed their work. We'll also answer your questions about the economy and health disparities.

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570 Workers Have Coronavirus At North Carolina Poultry Plant

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 20:12

A poultry processing facility in Wilkesboro, N.C. is the latest to have a coronavirus outbreak among its workers. More than 570 people employeed at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Trump Briefly Dons Face Mask At Ford Plant, Away From Media View

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 18:50

Trump has defended his refusal to wear a mask, arguing that he and those around him are routinely tested for the coronavirus.

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Georgia Authorities Arrest Third Man in Ahmaud Arbery Killing

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 18:36

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested a third person in connection with the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Authorities arrested William "Roddie" Bryan, the man who filmed the altercation.

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Florida Theme Parks Getting Ready To Reopen With Anti-Coronavirus Measures

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 18:35

Legoland and Universal have local approval for their plans, which involve taking temperatures and encouraging face masks. Disney World and SeaWorld haven't presented their plans yet.

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Face Masks Provide a New Frontier For Retailers During Coronavirus Crisis

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 18:12

Many popular brands including Nordstrom and Gap now sell nonmedical grade face masks to meet consumer demand, but experts say mask sales are a drop in the bucket compared to COVID-19-related losses.

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How A Decades-Old Unemployment Insurance System Is Measuring Up In The Pandemic

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 17:28

Indivar Dutta-Gupta, a co-executive director at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, explains the U.S. unemployment insurance system's origins and role today.

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Facebook Expects Half Its Employees To Work Remotely Permanently

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 17:15

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he expects 50% of the social network's workforce to be working remotely within the next decade.

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Trump Administration Confirms U.S. Is Leaving Open Skies Surveillance Treaty

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 16:42

The 34-nation agreement allows the U.S., Russia and other countries to fly their aircraft over each other's territory. The Trump administration says it will negotiate a new deal with Russia.

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Despite Opposition, John Ratcliffe Confirmed For Top Intelligence Post

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 16:10

Despite strong Democratic criticism, the Senate confirmed the Republican congressman from Texas as the director of national intelligence. His detractors say he lacks experience for the job.

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